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When a Man Has Lost Everything. He Only has Revenge
Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a DEA agent whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.
The Good: Some shots look cool.
The Bad: Lame and boring as fuck.
The Bottom Line: Why can't anyone make at least one decent video game movie? Just one...
I swear this is one of the worst films I have ever seen.
I'm masochistic. I love to do this shit to myself.
I picked up this little gem at the local Walmart for the irresistible price of two dollars and sixty seven cents. I don't know whether or not it was worth it. This summer I played through the Max Payne series of games and while they're not perfect by any means, I absolutely love them. They break a lot of the game design rules that I feel should be implemented, as they're filled with long cutscenes and often tedious gameplay, but in the end I was entranced by the story and characters and I found myself so excited about playing that by the end of Max Payne 3 I was in…
Seriously. The amount of flak this video game adaptation gets I was expecting Mortal Kombat: Annihilation or Silent Hill: Revelations. I prepared myself for complete and utter bollocks and what I got instead was a very expensive B-Movie which doesn't really feel much like Max Payne.
To say the acting is poor here would suggest that the persons on screen are actually doing any of that acting stuff to begin with. This is essentially a group of people, sleep-reading lines from a bland and cliched script.
The only actor here that managed to keep my attention was Olga kurylenko and she's barley even in the movie. Poor Marky Mark just isn't gruff, cynical or dickhead'ish enough to portray Max Payne.…
Maybe one day, one day, Hollywood will get the video game to movie transfer right. This adaptation of Max Payne makes me really wonder if that's ever gonna happen though. I never played the original game but knew enough of the premise going in - but surely the game was better than THIS? And by this, I mean perhaps the dullest action movie of the decade. It doesn't help that Mark Walhberg - usually reliable - spends the movie looking like a constipated owl, or that his (and every other) character is utterly one-dimensional. Nor does it help wasting cuteness like Mila Kunis on a role she could have stayed and home and done on the phone, making Amaury Nolasco's…
The movie begins with the title character, Max Payne (played by Mark Wahlberg) giving an opening monologue ¨I dont believe in heaven. I believe in pain. I believe in fear. I believe in death.¨ After watching this film I can honestly say that I too believe in pain. This movie was just painful to watch due to a very unrealistic plot and terrible acting. Mark Wahlberg, Mina Kunis, and Ludacris failed to impress on this film although I have enjoyed their past work. I think Mila Kunis should stick with comedy, she really did not fit the part and was never believable as an action star. The interesting characters were killed off early in the movie or didnt have enough…
I have no idea what is happening.
What an absolute crock of shite.
It has twist so blatant that it would have been more of a shock if they just told you what it is.
You get you star Max Payne for Miss Kunis. I hope you are proud of yourself.
The angels are not done with you yet.
I don't think any of the people who made this movie played the game...
As story of a cop (Mark Wahlberg) trying to avenge the death of how wife and baby, Max Payne convolutes the plot more than necessary by including a super drug with a large, corrupt corporation behind it - but it's all fair game when the plot is derived from a video game. In fact, as far as video game adaptations go, where there is a prominently bad track record, this is probably among the least offensive efforts, with some fine action along the way, but never enough genuine pathos, given the circumstances that originate Payne's quest. Also, one has to wonder whether Mila Kunis' character (a Russian mobster who teams up with Payne) was really necessary, as she is given little of real consequence to do. Visually, the film does a good job at capturing the stylized look of Sin City, without overdoing it.
Not that a game adaptation has to slavishly follow the plot of its source material, but this came across as if no one involved actually even picked up a copy of the game. There are two essential elements of Max Payne: Noir, and bullet time. This was a mishmash of genre films, as well as comic book schlock with some grindhouse late 2000s overstylization. And the bullet time was fairly minimal. Along with that, much of the game's plot was left on the floor in favour of needless exposition. The result is that it ends with an underling being taken down at the end of the climax, while setting up for a sequel.
The confidence it had in feeling it…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Before I go any further with this review, I should probably clarify I am reviewing the film’s unrated cut, which is on all of the home video releases. With that out of the way, I should probably cut to the chase. As a big fan of the games, I was quite looking forward to seeing this theaters. When the reviews came in, however, I must say I was quite disappointed and I decided against seeing it in theaters at least, for fears it would sour my enjoyment of the franchise as a whole. A while later, I found the Blu-Ray, which included the Unrated version, at my local Best Buy, on the cheap, so I decided why the hell not,…
An okay neo-noir action flick. Nowhere near as mind-blowing as the game, but a decent movie in its own right. Probably one of the best LOOKING movies of the last ten years. Mark Wahlberg was actually pretty decent in the titular role, Mila Kunis was okay as Mona, Ludacris as Jim Bravura was an odd casting choice, but in the end it works. Beau Bridges makes for a pretty good villain, and there's a nice balance between plot and action. Surprisingly, there's little use of the games' trademark Bullet Time.
Another video game-based film that takes the genre of the given game and overdirects the shit out of it to the point of ridiculousness because, ya know, 'gamez r stoopid lol'. Not to say some directorial choices weren't straight from the source. The faithful use of John Woo-inspired slo-mo gunfights and Payne's occasional supercop dives out of harm's way were some elements I remember from its digital ancestor, all of which are the best moments in the film, if all too brief. Other than that, it's basically a by-the-numbers cop thriller that somehow fails to infuse any resonant emotional content into the vigilante story of a man who's lost everything, a story that usually never fails to get me on…
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